Peshawar: A special meeting was held at the department of elementary and secondary education Khyber Paktunkhwa in civil secretariat in which top education authorities of the province were briefed by Hayat-Lifeline Campaign on the development of special curriculum on the issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Provincial Education minister Muhammad Atif Khan was the guest of honor while Secretary Education Jodat Ayaz, Chairman Textbook Board Dr. Himayat Ullah, Directorate of Schools Riaz Bahar Khan, Additional Secretary Qaisar Alam and other senior officials of the education department were also present on the occasion.
Chief Executive Omer Aftab briefed the participants on Hayat-Lifeline Campaign’s efforts for the development of SRHR curriculum. Referring to Hayat-Lifeline’s Baseline Study that states that only 40% youngsters in Peshawar are aware of SRHR, Mr. Omer said that both public and
private sector should join hands to work for the betterment of youth. Education Minister, Mohammad Atif Khan stated that education is the top priority in KPK and the government won’t hesitate to take every step in this regard. Secretary Education Jodat Ayaz stressed on importance of public-private partnership in the field of education, and opined that it is essential to educate youngsters on each aspect of life.
Molana Muhammad Yousuf of Jamia Haqqania Akora Khatak Nowshera specially participated in the event, and said that Hayat-Lifeline is doing a good work by highlighting Islamic values of SRHR. Referring to review paper on SRHR written by renowned religious leaders from all over Pakistan, he opined that parents and teachers can play a vital role in giving timely and correct SRHR information to youngsters. Hayat- Lifeline Campaign is working for awareness on SRHR issues among adolescents through advocacy campaigning. The special curriculum designed by
Hayat-Lifeline is ready. The campaign has already gained the endorsement of renowned religious scholars of Brailvi, Shia and Diobandi sects.